Tennessee State Parks Honors World War I Centennial with Living History Event at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks will recognize the centennial of World War I by telling the stories of Tennesseans through a three-day living history event April 6-8 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The free event, “Fighting for Democracy: Tennessee’s Great War Experiences at Home and Abroad”, will dive into Tennessee’s role in WWI and the experiences many Americans faced at home and abroad.

Scheduled programming will be supplemented by ongoing presentations in a variety of living history roles, ranging from the African-American experience, to women’s involvement in the war effort, to life on the front lines. Living history group, the Ebony Doughboys, will portray African-American soldiers who served during the war.

In addition, there will be mock-ups of trenches, field kitchens, WWI-era planes and period automobiles on site. Friday’s events will conclude with a demonstration of infantry tactics, including doughboys crossing a course of barbed wire, gas attacks and bayonet dummies.

On Sunday, the event will conclude with a WWI-era baseball game, complete with period appropriate uniforms and equipment, between rival Army and Naval teams. Players will consist of reenactors and members of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball.

For more information, including a full list of event activities, click here.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010